Farmer In The Sky
Bill Lermer, a resourceful matter-of-fact teenager of the 21st century, tells what happens when his family de ...more
Anyway a father and his son, George and Bill Lermer decided they were fed up with the situation (oops, looks like I made a bad pun) and jumped at the opportunity to go to a newly established colony on Ganymede - one of the Jupiter's moons. May I remind y ...more
**** 2020 re-read
There are some people who can tell you about a trip to the post office and make it interesting. Stephen King famously told about a rabid dog, filed up a novel with said rabid dog story, and it was actually pretty good.
Robert A. Heinlein, is such a writer. Describing a far future world where the Earth is facing overpopulation and scarcity problems, one solution available to Terrans is to join up to be co ...more
Bill is pretty cool, but far from perfe ...more
"Why, yes indeedy, son. Even with them newfangled rocket ships n' all."
A few months ago I wrote in my review of Little Fuzzy that the far-future characters seemed mired in the culture and mores of the 1950's. I take it back. Compared to Farmer in the Sky, Piper's work was visionary. In Farmer we have microwave ovens, easy space travel, and mass-to-energy conversion technology, but we also have a teenager who plays accordion a ...more
I was slightly frustrated by the ending; I'd've liked the big revelation of the final few chapters to be explored in greater detail. ...more
The amusing thing for me is that this science fiction as a rerun of the American frontier but this time made perfect because no pesky indigenous peoples as apparently they are extinct and this time the settlers had nothing to do with it, an ...more
Note: The rest of this review ...more
Set at an unspecified time in the future, the overcrowded Earth is establishing colonies throughout the solar ...more
As I mentioned in my recent review of The Number of the Beast, I used to be a fan of Robert A. Heinlein’s “Juveniles” when I was a kid. I give Heinlein much of the credit for turning me into a speculative fiction lover at a young age, so I was really disappointed that The Number of the Beast was so dreadful. To cleanse my palate, and to restore my trust in a man who was such an influence on me, I decided to read Farmer in the Sky, a Heinlein Juvenile which ...more
I'm sure lots of boys who read this in the fifties and sixties got hooked on SF (and possibly signed up for the Boy Scouts). For the present, I think this would be a good book to recommend to a young reader who's maybe not quite ready yet for some ...more
Hard work and opportunity. What could be better? This is a story of a young man and his family who go to one of the moons of Jupiter to be farmers. To have their own land, to raise their own food and make som ...more
2014: So much so that I just changed it to five-star. :-) It was especially good with the kids. ...more
Frankly, my interest in the 'adventures' was minimal at best. I was drawn from the start by the science--the descriptions of what I didn't know at the time was called terraforming. The social stuff frankly repulsed me, though I was interested in the idea of a blended family, then somewhat new to me.
One point: There's a sort of sneak introduction of a subth ...more
I recently got the Kindle edition and re-read it. It is depressingly clean and, in contrast to other Heinlein novels, nauseatingly full of American Family Values of the 1950s or so. In that, as often with science fiction, it tells us more about the time it was written in than the future it tri ...more
I'm not sure how realistic the science here is, but it isn't over-the-top. It definitely works for the story.
The major appeal is the development of Bill and co. into successful colonists and survivors, and the way they meet and overcome these challenges.
It reads quickly and well. The na ...more
The final adventure of the book seemed a bit tacked on since it didn't seem to flow logically from the prior event, the earthquake and conditions from that.
Recommended. Not nearly as good as Time for the stars or Space Cadet, but worth a read if you like He ...more
This is one of Heinlein’s better novels, in my opinion. Not only did he finally begin including competent women characters, but the story is interesting, fast-paced, and tight. (Except for the odd part at the end where he squeezes an “ancient aliens” scene in just before the conclusion.)
(I published a longer review on my website.)...more
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He set a high standard for science and engineering plausibility and helped to raise the genre's standards of literary quality. He was the first SF writer to break into mainstre ...more